Skip to Content

January Term

January Term, or J-Term, is designed to provide maximum opportunity for intense learning either on or off campus. Our on-campus program focuses on enriching the mind/body connection, and our 3-week Study Abroad programs provide a rich cultural and academic experience that focuses on the importance of global citizenry. The Landmark College Works Employment Readiness Experience Course combines class time and work experience for students interested in learning more about the world of work. Students interested in applying for the Landmark College Works Employment Readiness Experience can find materials here.


On-Campus J-Term

New and returning students enrolled in J-Term have options to earn credits, enhance academic skills, and engage in physical activities. Students can:

  • Earn as many as 4 credits during J-Term
  • Enjoy an intensive and focused learning experience
  • Shorten the length of time needed to complete their degree requirements

Classes begin January 8 and end January 25, 2018. Academic classes meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4 p.m.

On-Campus Resources

Students have access to campus resources during J-Term, including health services, counseling, the Drake Center for Academic Support (DCAS), and the Library. While students enrolled in J-Term are not assigned a designated advisor, the DCAS is staffed by personnel who have filled the advising role during traditional semesters. The academic intervention team is also in place to support students experiencing academic difficulties due to attendance, work completion, or other academics-related concerns. The residential staff offers programming in the evenings that supports the wellness initiatives embedded in the J-Term experience. Professors include experiential opportunities as part of their classes. Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Residential Life work closely together to provide a robust experience for students both inside and outside the classroom.

Course Registration Process

Course registration opens on November 2 for on-campus courses. Later in November, course enrollment is reviewed. If a course is under-enrolled, it is canceled. Students should include second choices on their registration forms. Please refer to the Study Abroad page for the Study Abroad course registration process. Students may add a course until the end of the Add period, January 10, provided they have housing reserved on campus. Students must be enrolled in an on-campus, 3-credit J-Term course in order to be on campus. J-Term tuition is non-refundable, so it is particularly important that students make use of the Add period to make course changes.

Students who are interested or who have questions should contact their advisor or contact Lynne Shea, Dean of Liberal Studies and Fine & Performing Arts at For more information about Study Abroad programs, contact Peg Alden at

Students enroll in one of the following three-credit academic class during J-Term:

  • CER2011 Ceramics 1
  • COM1011 Introduction to Communication
  • CRW1011 Creative Writing
  • EDU1201 Learning Perspectives 1 (Jumpstart)
  • JRN2021 Broadcast Journalism
  • MAT1321 Statistics
  • ECO3011 Winter Ecology
  • HIS2016 Special Topics: History through Film

CER2011 Ceramics 1
This course will ground students in the fundamentals of ceramics and introduce them to clay techniques, tools, materials, and visual language as experienced through hand building and wheel throwing. Students will explore several significant genres such as Japanese ceramics, Bennington potters, pottery of the Southwest, as well as contemporary artists working in the medium. Students will also take advantage of the rich resource of potters in Windham County by visiting other studios and hearing guest lectures from established potters. Students will develop individual goals in formal and non-traditional approaches with guidance from the instructors. A major component of the course is for students to take responsible ownership of the studio space, expressed through student commitment to work independently, to honor all safety procedures, and to keep the space in good condition. Credits: 3

COM1011 Introduction to Communication
This survey course introduces students to the field of communication and enables them to increase their effectiveness and precision as public speakers and members of seminars and groups. Students explore how their perceptions influence the manner in which they communicate and how to use a wide variety of listening skills. They become aware of how verbal and nonverbal language can alter, detract from or enhance messages. Students also employ a variety of language strategies that promote inclusion, honesty, conflict resolution and support from within a group. Credits: 3

CRW1011 Creative Writing
Students in this course begin to develop their skills in generating creative writing. Emphasis in the class is placed on genre experimentation, generating strategies, revision strategies, and readings in all genres which could include fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and children’s literature. Emphasis on the elements of fiction and poetry prepares students for more advanced creative writing classes. Credits: 3

EDU1201 Learning Perspectives 1 (Jumpstart)
This first-semester course at Landmark is designed to introduce students to theories related to the cognitive, social, emotional and cultural dimensions of learning. The purpose of the course is to foster self-awareness, critical thinking, strategic learning and self-advocacy while providing the opportunity for students to practice study skills including note-taking, active reading, test-taking, planning and organizing and technology competencies. Metacognition and critical thinking will be prominent themes throughout this course and study strategies will be modeled, practiced and assessed. Students will be expected to critically read, participate in class discussion and work in groups. Credits: 2

JRN2021 Broadcast Journalism
By studying the practical and theoretical aspects of broadcast journalism, students in this course will learn the techniques for writing, producing, and presenting news and information for radio and television. Students will investigate the various roles involved with creating newscasts, advertisements, and other programming along with studying the specific communication requirements entailed in this professional field. Students will engage in experiential learning opportunities including visiting area newsrooms and producing work to be broadcast through Landmark College campus radio station and the Brattleboro Community Television station (BCTV). Credits: 3
Prerequisites: COM 1011  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or CO 1021  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or CO 1071  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 And WRT1011 Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 And EDU 1011  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or EDU 1001  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or EDU 1201  Lecture Min Credits: 2.00

MAT1321 Statistics
This course examines frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, and the normal distribution curve. Students explore confidence intervals and sample size. The structure of hypothesis testing is introduced and applied to a variety of situations. Studies in correlation of data and sampling techniques are introduced. Placement test and/or prerequisite of MAT0291 with grade of C- or higher required. Not open to students with credit in MAT 2621  . This course is offered every fall and spring semester. Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MATH Placement Test 3.0000 Or MAT 0291  Lecture Min Grade: C-

ECO3011 Winter Ecology
The Winter Ecology course is an in-depth investigation into the physical and biological processes of high elevation/high latitude ecosystems during the winter months. Wintertime offers unique insights into the natural history of organisms and the function of ecosystems that are often not appreciated in warm weather visits to the field. The remarkable arrays of physiological, morphological, and behavioral adaptations that organisms have evolved so that they can live in such harsh environmental conditions are simply more visible in the winter season. Students will investigate the ecology and dynamics of aquatic, woodland, bog, forest, and alpine landscapes through fieldwork, readings and in-class discussions. Students will also study how winter processes play a role in both the growing season of the resident plant life and in shaping the general landscape. Additionally, students will gain understanding for the role that the physical and biological processes of winter play in shaping conservation and management decisions and policy of our natural resources. The primary assessments for this course will include a group project report and presentation on a topic related to winter ecology, exams, written reviews on scientific journal articles covering various topics related to winter ecology, and laboratory activities. Course readings will include textbook and journal readings. In keeping with the nature of the field course, students must come prepared to be outdoors. All students must be physically and mentally prepared to hike and/or snowshoe regardless of weather conditions. Students must have completed three courses at the 2000 level, with grades of C or higher, as prerequisites for this course. Credits: 3   Lab Fee $35.00
Prerequisites: WRT 1012  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 And BIO 1511  Lecture Min Credits: 4.00 Or BIO 1521  Lecture Min Credits: 4.00 Or BIO 1522  Lecture Min Credits: 4.00 Or  CHE 1511  Lecture Min Credits: 4.00 Or CHE 1521  Lecture Min Credits: 4.00 Or CHE 1522  Lecture Min Credits: 4.00 Or GEO 1511  Lecture Min Credits: 4.00 Or NSC 1511  Lecture Min Credits: 4.

HIS2061 Special Topics, History through Film
This course examines historically-based films as both primary and secondary sources of information about the past. The material in films, just as with written and other “traditional” sources, needs to be critically analyzed for its perspectives, biases, interpretive choices, intended purpose, and ultimately, reliability. Thus, many of the same skills that historians bring to their analysis of more traditional primary and secondary sources can also be applied to the critical interpretation of non-traditional sources like film. The course also challenges students to examine the relative successes or failures that the selected films have had in portraying the past, and asks them to analyze how present events, cultures, and attitudes shape our view of the past. The course will ultimately attempt to answer these two over-arching questions: Where are films situated with regard to other kinds of historical discourse? Just what, if anything, do history films convey about the past, and how do they convey it? Credits: 3
Prerequisites: WRT 1011  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 AndEDU 1011  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or EDU 1001  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or EDU 1201  Lecture Min Credits: 2.00 And HIS 1011  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or HIS 1012  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or HIS 1021  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or HIS 1022  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or HIS 1031  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or HIS 1032  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or PHI 1011  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00 Or REL 1011  Lecture Min Credits: 3.00

Because J-Term is focused on an integrated approach to health and wellness, all students are required to enroll in one PE course.

  • PHE1137 Beginner T'ai Chi Chuan
  • PHE1111 Beginner Volleyball Skills
  • PHE1181 Walking (Snowshoeing) for Health
  • PHE1166 Ski and Snowboard
  • PE1127 Level 1 Japanese Long Sword

PHE1137 Beginner T'ai Chi Chuan  
Students will learn the 24 Form style of T'ai Chi. The goal of the class is to help students focus on their own inner activity, develop a greater sense of being centered in the world, and to discover a system that promotes overall health. Students must be willing to participate in a slow moving, silent, meditative practice. Course may not be repeated. (Class meets WF 1:15-3:15 p.m.)

PHE1111 Beginner Volleyball Skills: Low to Moderate Intensity
Students will be introduced to the basic skills of serving, volleying, digging, and spiking. Court position, etiquette, and rules will also be taught. Course may not be repeated. (Class meets TTH 7-9 p.m.)

PHE1181 Walking (Snowshoeing) for Health: Moderate Intensity
This course is designed for students who are interested in beginning a low-impact exercise regimen of walking on varied terrain using optimal striding and breathing techniques. Course may not be repeated. (Class meets W 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.)

PHE1166 Ski and Snowboard
This one-credit course is designed exclusively for students enrolled in the January Term who are interested in improving their skiing or snowboarding/pipe skills. There is an additional cost for one day of skiing or snowboarding, including lessons for those wishing to sharpen their skills on the slopes. Course may not be repeated. (Class meets W 10:15-5:00 p.m.)

PHE1127 Level 1 Japanese Long Sword
Slow-paced and emphasizing movement meditation, Japanese Long Sword (Iaido) was developed as an art form to increase participants’ states of awareness. Japanese Long Sword (Iaido) will introduce students to the basic skills practiced in Iaido: cutting, thrusting, forms, controlling the breath, and movement meditation. Classes will include an overview of Iaido skills, followed by an introduction to forms and drills. Students will be assessed on content knowledge and demonstration of skill proficiency throughout the semester. Course may not be repeated. (Class meets MW 4:30-6:30 p.m.)

New credit-level Spring students are invited to take advantage of our Jump Start Option. This option is guided by our integrated health and wellness approach. Begin learning skills vital to college success--and free up your Spring semester schedule for another elective.

  • Jump Start offers intensive immersion in our required study skills course, EDU1201: Learning Perspectives I.
  • Support services are available at the Drake Center for one-on-one support and at the Landmark College Library with librarians skilled in working with diverse student populations.
  • Wednesdays are dedicated to skiing or snowboarding, including lessons for those wishing to sharpen their skills on the slopes.

Not interested in the slopes? We also offer other PE options, such as volleyball skills, fencing, yoga, and showshoeing. All PE courses will receive one credit.

Enjoy winter wonderland opportunities on and off campus, and in and out of doors, led by our experienced faculty and dedicated staff.


Office of Admissions

The cost for J-Term varies by student status.

Returning Landmark College Students (January 7 - 25, 2018)

Tuition* $4,600
Room  $625
Board $525
Total  $5,750

Jump Start – New Spring Students (January 7 - 25, 2018)

Tuition* $3,750
Room $625
Board $525
Total $4,900

Employment Work Experience (January 7 - 25, 2018)

Tuition* (1 credit) $1,400
Room   (3 weeks) $625
Board   (3 weeks) $525
Total   $2,550


*Skiing and snowboarding fees for PHE1166 are extra.

Prices per day (Mt. Snow):

Lift ticket $50
Rental  $24
Lesson  $50
Helmet  $10

View J-Term Study Abroad program costs.

Back to top